From the Junior School Chaplain – Our Light in Dark Spaces
As people, we all walk the journey of life, experiencing both times of great joy and traversing landscapes that can be hard, grief-filled and dark. This is nothing new, we find this same and extremely normal human experience recounted in the people of the Bible, as their story of life’s highs and lows are recounted.
Throughout the Bible, these moments of deep fear, worry, despair and sorrow are often observed or represented through the mention of valleys, caves, long nights, and deep oceans, all places that feel unknown and especially dark.
What’s On at Junior School
Week 3: Monday July 25th
Thursday July 28th – Year 1 Excursion, Aldi Supermarket (Please refer to Edsmart notification)
Thursday July 28th – Basketball Extravaganza (Please refer to EdSmart notification)
Friday July 29th – Assembly, 2R Class Item
Reporting at Christian College
In Week 1 of term, parents have received Summative Reports delivered via the Parent Portal. The following information may be helpful when interpreting your child’s summative result.
‘In Time’ reports have been delivered throughout the semester to all year levels. Reporting may include formative assessment and / or summative assessment.
Year 2 – SMART Spellers
We are SMART Spellers! This week in Year 2 we have been exploring the digraph ‘ou’ like house. The Year 2 students decoded each word with the ‘ou’ sound using their phoneme fists and were able to break up words into graphs, digraphs and trigraphs. The students enjoyed exploring our sound of the week together on the floor and were independently able to write down all the sounds that make up each word into their decoding chart. The students often enjoy using their phoneme fist and saying the word out loud to help them when they are unsure of what sounds the word might be making. The children are even connecting their spelling understandings by using their phoneme fist in writing lessons to identify sounds and help spell words that may be unfamiliar to them. We consolidated our learning this week by working on some engaging activities targeted at identifying graphs, digraphs and trigraphs in each word. The students did a marvellous job when decoding words and enjoyed using their coloured pencils to underline consonant and vowel sounds and making imaginative stories using their spelling words. They also had fun with their ‘Maths Spelling’ where students can identify graphs, digraphs and trigraphs in a word and add up how much their word is worth based on the value of each sound. For example: H/ou/se2+ 5 + 5 = 12 The Year 2s did a marvellous job with their weekly spelling focus, activities and connecting their sound understandings in a range of subject areas this week. In Year 2, we are SMART spellers!
Year 4 – Weathering and Erosion
The Year 4 students have been busy learning all about the earth surface and all the changes our world goes through. Students have been inquiring into types of rocks, weathering and erosion. We are also exploring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Peoples’ land management practices over tens of thousands of years and how they have changed the distribution of flora and fauna in most regions of Australia.
We have been going in and around our school collecting evidence of change from local landforms, rocks or fossils and exploring local areas that have changed as a result of natural process, such as the 12 Apostles, London Bridge and Loch Ard Gorge. These wonderings have led to us creating small environments to further our exploration through experimenting with erosion and weathering. Students have designed these areas and went through the process of collecting natural flora. We have now begun thinking about how erosion and weathering could affect their environment. Stay tuned for our amazing discoveries on what happens when a river is not where it’s meant to be!
Book Week’s not far Away!
This is a friendly reminder that book week is coming up this term!
This year we will be celebrating Book Week with a Book Parade on Tuesday 23rd August (Week 7). The students will be encouraged to come to school on that day wearing their favourite book character costume. This is always a highlight of the school year. The students will have the opportunity to take part in the annual parade which is always full of great joy as we celebrate books and reading.
The theme for this year is Dreaming with Eyes Open. The students will look closely at the shortlisted books before voting for their favourite. Already this term we have enjoyed sharing together, Jetty Jumping by Andrea Rowe in the Early Childhood Category and Stellaphant by James Foley in the Picture Book.
Upcoming Junior School Sports Activities
Basketball Extravaganza – Thursday 28th July
Year 3 and 4 registered basketballers playing a round robin format against other students from our three Junior Campuses at AWA Basketball Stadium – Belmont, Surf Coast and Bellarine campuses. (Please refer to EdSmart notification)
Out of School Hours Care Newsletter
Scholarship Applications for 2024 Entry now Open!
Each year we offer Academic Excellence Scholarships for entry at Year 5 (Middle School-Highton, Bellarine and Surf Coast campuses); Year 7 (Middle School-Highton and Bellarine); and Year 10 (Senior School-Waurn Ponds).
These scholarships have been designed primarily to encourage and support new and current students who wish to attend Christian College and who demonstrate high levels of academic excellence.
We are now seeking scholarship applications for entry at any of those year levels in 2024.
For more information, and to apply, please see our website. Use the hotlink from our homepage or click here
Applications close on Thursday September 29. The examination date is Saturday October 8.
Come and Sample our Menu!
Over the next month, three of our campuses are opening their doors to anyone interested in enrolling their children at Christian College.
At Junior School-Belmont there is an Open Morning on August 2 between 9:30 and 11:00am
Middle School-Highton and Bellarine Campus are hosting their subject selection expos in August. Aside from the scheduled evening for current College parents, each campus will also present another evening dedicated to families who are considering Christian College as an option for their children. At Middle School-Highton, it’s on August 9 between 7:00 and 9:00 pm, and the date for Bellarine Campus is August 16, also between 7:00 and 9:00 pm.
East Timor Trivia Night
National Collection of Data on Students With Disabilities
Every year, all schools in Australia participate in the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD). With data collected on the first Friday in August (this year, on the 5th), the NCCD process requires schools to identify information already available in the school about supports provided to students with disability. These relate to legislative requirements under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and the Disability Standards for Education 2005, in line with the NCCD Guidelines (2021).
Please see the attached NCCD Fact Sheet for more information.
The Foundation Golf Tournament is set for Thursday, 27 October 2022. Join us at 13th Beach Golf Links from 8:00am for a shotgun start. Tickets are $190 each ($150 for members) or $750 for a group of four. RSVPs close on Thursday, 6 October 2022 at 5:00pm.
Funds raised from this event will be allocated to our Foundation Scholarship Fund, supporting current students who are in need of financial assistance.
Book online at: The Foundation Golf Tournament
A MYTERN Thought for This Week
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